US reportedly tried to block United Nations resolution to promote breast milk

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It's one of the most natural and intimate interactions between a mother and her baby, breastfeeding.

A mother's breast milk is tailored to her child's specific needs and can protect them from sickness while creating an ever-lasting bond.

So it came as a shock to many who saw news articles on social media about how the U.S. threatened other nations over a resolution to support breastfeeding.

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The New York Times reports the U.S. delegation embraced the interests of infant formula manufacturers instead. This all happened at a United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly this spring.

The resolution to support breastfeeding education and information was supposed to pass easily. But the U.S. delegates reportedly tried to get the language changed about limiting misleading marketing of formula, going as far as threatening the sponsor, Ecuador, with trade and military sanctions.

The article said the U.S. did this in the interest of the multi-billion dollar infant formula industry.

The OhioHealth Mother’s Milk Bank accepts donated breast milk, pasteurizes it and supplies it to 74 hospitals. The director explains it’s a necessary service because not all women can produce milk or breastfeed.

“Babies are going to grow on it, babies are going to develop better on it, it reduces the risk of infections, especially the premature infants in the hospital,” said Chris Smith.

Russia stepped up and sponsored the resolution. It passed.

President Trump weighed in on the issue, tweeting, "The U.S. strongly supports breastfeeding, but we don't believe women should be denied access to formula. Many women need this option because of malnutrition and poverty."

For more information on the Mother’s Milk Bank, click here.

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